Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. In 2010, Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.
I had never heard of Marina Abramovic and have very little personal experience of her art or any type of performing arts for that matter but I find her work incredibly thought provoking. It's so far removed from my life that I feel I've been living in a cocoon all my life and need to get out of my comfort zone much more.
Anyway, it's a bit radical for a Tuesday morning, the vacuum cleaner awaits and my dishwasher is still broken.